Police: Woman won't face charges in baby's fall
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police will not be charging a South Florida woman after her 4-month-old baby fell in her apartment, a mishap that sent the infant to the hospital and triggered an investigation, officials said.
The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon inside an apartment along Northeast 133rd Street and Sixth Avenue.
Police said the 4-month-old child and his mother were alone inside the apartment when he suddenly fell.
According to a police incident report, "After a few minutes of playing with [the child] in the harness, one of the straps came out of the buckle/clasp, [he] fell on the floor, and hit his head. According to the complaint, [he] began to cry uncontrollably, as she picked him up to comfort him."
"We have a report of a 4-month-old that allegedly fell while in the care of his mother in the mother's apartment," said North Miami Police Major Neal Cuevas. "When the officers got here, the child was in grave condition and was airlifted to Ryder Trauma. The condition, as I said, is critical, grave. What happens from here, the investigators will investigate and determine what, if anything, involving the mother."
"I'm just praying to God that he pulls through," said a relative.
The infant is currently listed in stable condition.
Family members said it was just an accident. "It was nothing more than an accident, and she's a great mom," said the victim's aunt, Stephanie Johnson. "I feel pity, I feel sorry for that child. I'm just praying to God that he pulls through."
Police removed bags of evidence from the apartment, a standard operating procedure in such cases. "At this point, anything is possible," Cuevas said. "The investigators are on the scene, and they will be speaking to the mother."
Neighbor Marie Mattew said, "She takes care of her responsibility. She takes care of her children. She's a good mother. It was nothing more than an accident, and she's a great mom, great mom."
Two other young boys live in the apartment but were not home at the time of the incident, which is currently under investigation.
The mother was questioned by authorities and was later released. North Miami Police said they will not file any charges against her.
The baby's parents declined to comment.
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